Detox Salon isn’t your normal salon. Not even close.
Here, health comes first, thanks to owner and stylist Stacey Kaptain, who opened the spot in June 2014.
New Jersey native Kaptain had worked in salons since the age of 13, working her way to the upper echelons of hair, eventually landing at MGM’s Christophe Salon and launching her own beauty talent agency, Kaptain and Co. where she represented hair stylists, makeup artists, stylists and more.
But, as she continued her work in the world of hair, she started to notice something: her health was declining.
“I started to develop major issues with my health,” she says. “Ultimately, I had to shift my entire perspective of what I was doing and how I was doing it.”
So, Kaptain visited a naturopath who introduced her to different alternative medicines, as well as suggesting she detoxify her system from the beauty products which she had been subject to since her early teens.
“Then, I began dreaming,” says Kaptain.
Thus, Detox and it’s clean air concept was born.
As soon as the doors opened, she noticed an improvement in her health, crediting the clean air and chemical-free environment she carefully crafted as the catalyst.
“I suffer from autoimmune disease and traditional products have ingredients that can heavily affect the condition,” she explains. “I’m not healed, but I’m healing versus going backwards.”
Detox Salon is far from the normal Las Vegas salon.
Every product that comes into the salon has been checked for chemicals.
“I talk with every chemist and question all of the ingredients,” she says. “I find out how things are cultivated and processes in place which make things cruelty-free, environmentally-friendly, and organically derived. I make sure things are safe across the board.”
While the salon isn’t entirely vegan, 98 percent of its offerings are. And, Kaptain works hard to make sure that there are products in the salon which cater to the plant-based lifestyle.
“While we have products with honey because it is a natural humectant, or beeswax, I also make sure we have alternatives that don’t,” she says.
And, that’s about as far as the non-vegan products go. Kaptain, who is constantly looking to find the newest and best products, uses color products that are at least 98 percent organic or derived via biodynamics … and entirely vegan.
In return, the vegan community has supported the salon, with an estimated 40 – 50 percent of the clientele identifying with the community.
But, the clients extend beyond the vegan world. According to Kaptain, allergists refer patients to the salon. Customers come in looking for a first step to get healthier.
Looking good is also key to the clean air salon. All of the stylists at Detox have been master certified, go through a lengthy audition process, and are on staff versus renting chairs.
“We work as a team,” says Kaptain. “There has to be a certain caliber of work turned out. My philosophy is that I believe in operating as one versus every man out for themselves, and doing what they want and not truly having a synergy. A part of detoxification is having good energy.”
And, Detox Salon certainly does.
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